"THE PLAZA LOOKING NORTHEAST AT 59TH STREET"
Signed 'E. Shinn' bottom left; also titled and dated '1900' bottom center, watercolor on illustration board
Image Size: 8 3/8 x 12 in. (21.3 x 30.5cm)
Board size: 11 1/4 x 15 7/8 in. (28.6 x 40.3cm)
The Estate of the Artist.
Bernard Black Gallery, New York, New York.
David and Long Company, New York, New York.
James Graham and Sons, New York, New York.
Sotheby's, New York, sale of June 4, 1982, lot 71.
Private Collection, California.
"The Eight", The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 1964 (and travelling).
"American-English Drawings and Watercolors", Davis and Long Company, New York, New York, March 4 - 31, 1977, no. 20.
Edith Deshazo, Everett Shinn, 1876-1952, A Figure in His Time, New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1974, p. 110, (illustrated).
Everett Shinn was the youngest member of the Ashcan School, also referred to as "The Eight", which comprised of several artists including Robert Henri. He frequently painted urban street life, as well as the theatre and other scenes of modernity in New York City during the early twentieth century. According to a label in Shinn's handwriting verso, the present lot depicts the "first sketches made for the decorations in the Hotel Plaza bar. These changed to more serious presentation. E.S." These murals adorn the walls of New York City's Plaza Hotel and were recently restored in 2010.